Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the Congress party for their Minimum Income Guarantee scheme, which they have proposed should they be voted to power after Lok Sabha 2019 polls.
Addressing a massive rally in Meerut, which is the first of his three locations he will be visiting in a day, PM Modi laughed off the idea by the grand old party, stating how the ones who couldn't get bank accounts opened will deposit money in the banks.
"Our government, through Jan Dhan yojna, got bank accounts opened. When I used to get the accounts opened, these intelligent people (opposition) used to say that there are no banks, what will the villagers do? Today, the same people who could not get bank accounts opened for 70 years are saying that money will be deposited in your account. If they can't get the accounts opened, how can they deposit the money?" said the Prime Minister as he targeted the Congress party.
Earlier this week, Congress President Rahul Gandhi had announced that his party has come up with a new scheme, which will see 20% of the poorest families in the country receive Rs 72,000 every year.
Throughout his media briefing, he called this proposal as 'historic' and 'game-changer', and suggested that his party wants to remove poverty from this country.
"We are going to give justice to the poor people of India," the Congress president began triumphantly, explaining that "Justice will be given by our Minimum Income Guarantee scheme, I will share some of its details with pride."
"This is a historic scheme for the whole world," he said, adding, "I've been asked wherever I go, what will be the line of this minimum income, and how many people will it help?" (He had first spoken of such a scheme before the end-2018 Assembly elections)
He answered his own question: "I want to tell people, the line is Rs 12,000 per month. Are you shocked or not? This much money is there in India. Congress guarantees that India's 20% poorest families... wait for it... will get Rs 72,000 every year."